Walt Disney Studios has announced this morning that the documentary The Beatles: Get Back has moved from its theatrical release scheduled for August to now be a three-part documentary series on Disney+ in November.

(Walt Disney Studios)

(Walt Disney Studios)

What’s Happening:

  • Walt Disney Studios has announced an update to the documentary The Beatles: Get Back no longer coming to theaters in August, but instead coming to Disney+ as a three-part documentary series in November with each episode being around two hours in length, giving fans almost six hours of unseen footage compiled by director Peter Jackson.

  • Fans got a sneak peek of the documentary The Beatles: Get Back in late December with director Peter Jackon (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) showcasing some of the footage with a release date of August 27, 2021.

  • Since then, we haven’t heard much until today, June 17, when Walt Disney Studios announced a new direction for the documentary, heading to Disney+ in a three-part series now being released November 25, 26, and 27 due to the amount of footage. Each episode will be around two hours in length.
  • Compiled of footage shot in 1969, Jackson will take viewers back in time to The Beatles’ recording session as they plan their first live show in over two years as they also write and rehearse 14 new songs that were set to be released on a live album.
  • The documentary series compiles over 60 hours of unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio that has all been restored. It also features, for the first time in its entirety, The Beatles’ last live performance as a group from the rooftop of London’s Savile Row.

More on the Documentary Series:

  • The Beatles: Get Back is directed by Jackson, produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (They Shall Not Grow Old) and Jonathan Clyde (Eight Days A Week), with Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones (Eight Days A Week) serving as executive producers. Jabez Olssen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) serves as the film’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin (Rocketman) and Sam Okell (Yesterday).”

What They’re Saying:

  • Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company: “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson. This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share The Beatles: Get Back with fans around the world.”
  • Peter Jackson: “In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”

You can check out the three-part documentary series The Beatles: Get Back on Disney+ on November 25, 26, and 27.

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